CHANDIGARH: Reiterating his government’s firm commitment to stand by them in the hour of need, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi accompanied by the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Randeep Singh Nabha handed over appointment letters of government jobs to 27 family members of the farmers who lost their lives in the movement against the three black farm laws.
Calling farmers the backbone of the economic structure of the State, the Chief Minister said that the State Government would always undertake every possible step to ensure the Welfare of the victim families.
Notably, the state government has till now disbursed Rs 5 lakh compensation each to nearly 407 families of farmers who died during yearlong agitation against the draconian farm laws, which have now been repealed by the Centre. Besides, the state government has also provided jobs to 169 next-of-kin of these deceased farmers.
According to an official spokesperson, the state government has found a total number of 407 cases of deceased farmers from all the districts where government jobs can be provided to their next-of-kin. But now 120 fresh names of the kin of the deceased farmers have been cleared today by the State Level Committee, out of which 27 candidates have been provided with the offer letters of the job and the remaining 93 letters would be issued in next couple of days.
Pointing out further, the spokesperson said that it is an ongoing process and as soon as the government gets the verification report from the district level, the eligible family members are being issued appointment letters commensurate with their qualification.
In a significant decision, the Punjab government has already taken a decision that the deceased farmers’ mother, father, married brother or sister, married daughter, daughter-in-law and grandchildren will be eligible for employment as a one-time measure on compassionate grounds.
Out of total 27 persons who got appointment letter today included 15 from Patiala district, three from Amritsar, two from SAS Nagar (Mohali) and seven from Fatehgarh Sahib.